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Martin Eden (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Martin Eden uses one man's quest for fulfillment as fuel for an ambitious -- and often rewarding -- look at a complex array of social and personal themes.

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Set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy's history yet adapted from a 1909 novel by American author Jack London, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The twinned dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political reawakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman.

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Luca Marinelli
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Critic Reviews for Martin Eden

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (13)

The film is a masterpiece... see it any way you can.

October 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Like a vast Italian repast, Martin Eden serves up a load of deep dish delights, but the final couple of courses are overcooked to the point where you're tempted to spit them out.

October 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The sort of movie that restores your faith in an art form-or, at the very least, in the craft of turning a bygone era's paragraphs on a page into an urgent mix of sound and vision.

October 19, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[H]opefulness and rawness, much like society and the self, are ultimately inextricable in "Martin Eden," a work of art that abounds in its own beautiful contradictions.

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a slog at over two hours, much of it spent with Marinelli screaming or acting coarse.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is a romance, of sorts, yet it also wields an anti-romantic ferocity, suggesting that the fissure between rich and poor is, whatever we yearn to think, unbridgeable.

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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